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Top 8 Things To Do & See in Mekong Delta Tours

If you want to escape from the bustling city to relax in the peaceful countryside, Mekong Delta tours are the best choice for you. As one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vietnam, Mekong Delta brings a lot of amazing experiences for tourists such as boating along winding rivers, going fishing, tasting juicy tropical fruits, and soaking into local floating markets. Consider top 8 things to do and see in Mekong Delta tours we recommended for you, check it right now!

Stop By Floating Markets

Mekong Delta seduces the heart of tourists by the lively and colorful floating markets. Visit the floating markets to be mesmerized by the bustling atmosphere, to spread your eyes on the panorama of people exchanging goods, fruits and other chat and learn more about the lives of the friendly locals. Floating market will satisfy your shopping favorite with a plenty of things from fresh fruits, dried foods, animals to fruit juices and coffee. Sip a cup of coffee and taste some local food like Hu Tieu, Banh Canh, Xoi or Bun Ca…Great! There is a plenty of floating market in the Mekong Delta but Cai Be and Cai Rang floating market are the easiest to reach and most popular with tourists. floating market mekong delta tour

Make A Boat Cruise Through Small Canals

It is absolutely true that the best way to admire the beauty and uniqueness of the Mekong Delta tours is by a boat cruise on waterways. From the boat, you will be impressed by stunning sights of rice paddies, lush orchards, lines of coconut trees and quiet stilt houses. The scenic Mekong Delta boat trip offers you the opportunity to discover the bustling colors of floating markets, to experience the traditional lifestyle of local people as well as to take a close glimpse at Vietnam countryside.

Listen To Southern Folk Songs (Don Ca Tai Tu)

Don Ca Tai Tu is a special kind of musical art which is flourished in Southern Vietnam in the late 19th century and featuring both scholarly and folk roots. It reflects the lifestyle of Southerners who live along the Mekong Delta and help them express all of their inner feelings, emotions, generosity and encourage them in the hard life. There are some traditional instrumental played in the folk song’s performance like play moon-shaped lute (dan kim), a 16-string zither (dan tranh), a 2-string fiddle (dan co) and a Western guitar adapted to Vietnamese music. Singers performing Don Ca Tai Tu often wear traditional Ao Dai. Wallow in the soothing sound of the music and drink fruit refreshments or tea to immerse yourself in Vietnamese Southern traditional culture. southern folk song mekong delta tour

Feed And Catch Fish At A Fish Farm

Spend a day in your Mekong Delta tour to visit a fish farm to feed fishes, catch fishes and enjoy your achievement by cooking delicious dishes using fresh ingredients and Vietnamese recipe. Visitors will have an opportunity to catch fishes on the ponds with a bucket or even bare hands. For big fishes like catfish, elephant-ear fish or snakehead fish you need using a fishing rod with bamboo material. Do not forget to try “ Ca Kho To” - a famous and flavorful dishes in Mekong Delta which is made of catfish braised with caramel sauce in a clay pot as well as sweet and sour soup.

Visit And Taste Fresh Fruits In Local Garden

It will be a pity if you skip visiting a tropical fruit garden during your Mekong Delta. Thanks to the favorable natural conditions, fruits season in Mekong Delta seem to be all year round. Visiting Mekong Delta, you will soak up a wide range of tropical fruits such as plump, orange, mandarin, dragon fruit, mango, durian, jackfruit, coconut, and rambutan, etc. Play around an orchard to listen to the story to the host of the garden, pick and enjoy fresh fruits by your hands. That’s totally different from any experience you had had before. fruit garden mekong delta tour

Explore The Beauty Of Phu Quoc Island

Your Mekong Delta tour would not be complete without setting your food on Phu Quoc Island to visit a lot of stunning natural sights such as Da Ban Stream, the Cape of Ganh Dau, etc. This beautiful island captures the soul and the heart of tourists by soft sand, lines of coconut palms, yellow sunlight and crystal water. It also offers you a chance to taste a variety of fresh seafood like ocean crab, herring salad, sea urchins, and more. That is such a wonderful feeling when you dip your toes into the powdery sand, sip a cold cocktail under the shade of coconut palms.

Visit Tram Chim National Park

The peaceful Mekong Delta is the kingdom of tropical floras and faunas, especially birds. Paddling downstream the river will take you to Tram Chim national park in which has preserved various types of valuable birds. Taking photos is allowed there so you can create an excellent photo collection. The national park is mostly covered by water so the most convenient mean of transportation is a sampan which helps you reach every corner of this area. tram chim national park mekong delta tour

Cycle around the quiet villages

Needless to say, one of the most exciting ways to explore Mekong Delta is by hiring a bike for one or two days. Tourists can zig zag on small villages roads to admire the peaceful life of locals in this charming land and meet the super friendly farmers. You also can take a cycling tour in Mekong Delta which includes passing through charming towns and villages, crossing rivers on ferries and traveling along paths lined with orchards to see the wonderful sights, witness the slow life and taste the unique cuisine.

A Day of Specialties in Mekong Delta tour

Breakfast – Banh Canh Ca Loc

It is a soup of thick noodle and snakehead fish together with fresh herbs and spices. The soup will be an amazing breakfast for your energetic day. breakfast mekong delta tour Some others delicious are Sa Dec noodles soup and Snakehead fish congee.

Lunch – Mud Roasted Chicken

Have you ever tasted a roasted chicken without pot or gas? With unique use of mud and special seasoning, this dish will impress you by amazing smells and astonishing taste. Some recommended lunches are Com tam (Broken rice), Ca tai tuong chien xu (Fried Elephant-ear fish).

Afternoon Meal – Banh xeo (Vietnamese Crispy Cake)

Banh xeo is considered as one of the must-try foods in the world. Its crispiness will satisfy your empty stomach in the late afternoon. afternoon meal mekong delta tour Other recommendations for this meal are Banh pia (Pia Cake) and Nem nuong (Grilled meat roll).

Dinner – Lau Mam (Hotpot with macerated fish)

The peaceful moment of the evening in Mekong Delta is the best time to enjoy hotpot. All people gather around the pot of salted fishes caught from the Mekong River, enjoy the food and tell about interesting things exploring in that day. Some suggested hotpots: Lau cua dong (Hotpot with rice field crab) and Lau ca linh bong dien dien (Hotpot with siamese mud carp and common sesban flower).
Take your Mekong Delta tour right now to explore this land in your own way!

Weather in Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta has two distinct seasons: the rainy season (99% of total annual precipitation) from May to October and the dry season (rare rain) from November to April. The average temperature is from 24oC to 27oC with small heat amplitude.

Best Time for Mekong Delta Tours

The Rainy Season

This is also the hottest and most humid time in a year. Downpours occur daily these months but only last for minutes. Therefore, heavy rains cannot interrupt your Mekong Delta tour. It is time to taste ripe fresh fruits grown in local gardens such as mangos, oranges, and dragon fruits. Rains also raise the water level so you can experience a floating life in floating markets or villages and travel by ferries on canals through mangroves. In addition, it is off-season which prices for accommodations and service will be lower than the dry season.

The Dry Season

Rains nearly disappear in Mekong Delta in the dry season. Blue sky, colorful landscapes, and comfortable atmosphere are the spotlights in the season. Outdoor activities like exploring the national park, cycling through picturesque villages, and visiting scenic beauties will worth your while on your Mekong Delta tour. Folk art and cultural activities often perform outside on nice days serving tourists. A relaxing boat travel under the shadow of palm trees will be an ideal option to end up an energetic day. mekong delta in dry season

Mekong Delta General Information

Location: Southern Vietnam
Population: 17.51 million in 13 provinces (2014)
Language: Vietnamese
Currency: Vietnam Dong (VND)
Natural Condition: Mostly delta, mangroves, and canals mekong delta travel map1

People, Nature & Culture in Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta People

People in Mekong Delta (or Western people) are generally simple and rustic. Most of them cultivate the lands for planting rice, fruits and raising castles for a living. They are also friendly and hospitable which are always welcome travelers to stay at their houses and treat them as the honored guests. They think that they must not enjoy the resources and advantages of nature but share them with everyone. Besides, Western people highly appreciate the inside more than outside. They are humorous as well as love jokes and chatting with other people. Especially, people in the Mekong Delta have unique characteristics. Once they do and play something, they will do and play till they die. Once they love someone, that lucky person will receive a lot of respects, attention, and supports from the locals. mekong delta people

Mekong Delta Nature

Like what the Amazon does to its lands, Mekong River brings for the southern region of Vietnam the richness and fecundity. The long journey through 5 countries before reaching Vietnam helps Mekong River accumulate tons of alluvium to accrete the immense fields for the farmers and seafood for the fishermen. In addition, the river not only raises generations of local people but also is the home of many floras and faunas. Mangroves near the coast created by Mekong River are the national parks preserving the valuable species. For thousands of years, Mekong River has spread its root to everywhere in Mekong Delta creating a net of rivers and small canals. This is the reason for the appearances of vibrant floating markets and villages as well as featured means of transportation boats and ferries. It can be said that the importance of the Mekong River to the locals can equally compare to that of the Ganges River to the Indian. mekong delta nature

Mekong Delta Culture

Mekong Delta is the home of many Vietnamese ethnic groups such as Viet, Khmer, Chinese, and Cham. In the 17th century, Viet people from the North migrated to Mekong Delta and brought a lot of cultivating and breed experience for this land. They also learned from the Cham and Khmer the knowledge of climate as well as natural conditions. In the 18th century, the Chinese following merchant ships reached the Mekong Delta and settled here. mekong delta culture People from distinct regions bring their own unique cultures creating a Mekong Delta’s culture of richness and diversity. However, in this harmony, features of each people are still shown clearly with the customs and tradition preserved from generations to generations. Moreover, Mekong Delta also gathers different religions such as Buddhism, Caodaism, Islam, and Catholicism. This multi-religion society causes no commotion but stability and development.

Mekong Delta Travel Guides

How to Get to Mekong Delta

Plane

Mekong Delta has an international airport in Can Tho. You can travel to Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, Danang Airport in Danang or Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City then take a flight to Can Tho Airport. Some airlines in Vietnam open round-trip flights to Can Tho International Airport such as Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet Air. Besides, international airlines also provide flights to the airport including China Southern Airlines and Thai Airways. You can check their website for further information. can tho airport mekong delta tour

Bus

Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta
From Mien Tay Station (No. 395 Kinh Duong Vuong St, Binh Tan District), there are enough buses to all provinces in Mekong Delta. Consider some routes to Mekong Delta here:

Mien Tay Station – Can Tho
Hoang Minh Company
Ticket price: About 160.000 VND ($8)
Travel time: Around 4h
Tel: +84 903 77 30 22

Mien Tay Station – An Giang
Thien Thien Huong Company
Ticket price: About 150.000 VND ($7)
Travel time: Around 5h30
Tel: (028) 3830 7276

Mien Tay Station – Soc Trang
My Duyen Company
Ticket price: About 130.000 VND ($6)
Travel time: Around 6h
Tel: +84 903 861 192

Mien Tay Station – Ca Mau
My Hang Company
Ticket price: 140.000 VND ($7)
Travel time: About 8h
Tel: (028) 3877 6594

Transportation in Mekong Delta

Motor

Tourists should use motorbikes to explore Mekong Delta because this vehicle can reach everywhere in this region. You can easily hire a motor at travel companies in the Mekong Delta by asking their addresses from the staff of the hotel you stay in.

Boat and Ferry

The most convenient mean of transportation in the kingdom of rivers and canals is boat and ferry. You can easily catch them in floating markets or ports along the rivers. boat cruise through canal mekong delta tour

Mobile Phone & Internet Access in Mekong Delta

Despite the countryside, the Mekong Delta has a strong mobile connection. However, in some natural destinations, it may be quite weak. Besides, you need register with Vietnam mobile operators for SIM card purchase, international roaming service, and others. Names of recommendation are Viettel, Vinaphone, and Mobifone with many stores in the Mekong Delta.
Internet access and Wi-Fi connection are only available in hotels, restaurants, and café.

Useful Information for a Perfect Mekong Delta Tour

In the rainy season, your luggage should include clothes which are easy to fold and dry. Always carry a raincoat because downpours frequently occur. Boats are recommended to walk on slippery roads after the rains.
In the dry season, your outfit should be comfortable for active days. Sandals or sneakers will be useful for your hiking around the countryside. Prepare hat, sunglasses, and anti-sunburn cream in case the sunlight becomes too aggressive.
Besides, do not forget bug repellent and first-aid kits as insects may hurt you during your travel. Only choose boats and ferries which are equipped with life jackets and other protection tools.
Do not go swimming in the rivers, it is not as clean as it looks and contains parasites.
Your Mekong Delta tour will depend a lot on the tides. There is a ton of things to do in Mekong Delta so do not worry if your plan is canceled because of the water level.
Bring water to keep you hydrated all day long

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